Streaming your favorite sport is not always easy, especially when you’re trying to watch from another country. Interest in rugby, a contact sport similar in many ways to football, has been steadily growing in the United States for some years now. While it’s easier than ever to find a local team to play with, it’s not so easy to watch a professional rugby game in the United States.
If you’re a dedicated rugby fan looking to watch professional games, there is some good news for you. While there are quite a few ways to stream live rugby games in the US, you’ll have to stay up late to catch the game (or in some cases wake up early). We’re taking a look at some of the most efficient ways to stream rugby, no matter what country the game is taking place in.
Here’s a quick preview of some upcoming games that you can stream live. All times are in Eastern and Pacific Time.
- Melbourne Rebels vs. Brumbies – Second Test: July 31st (5:05 AM E.T., 2:05 AM P.T.)
- Highlanders vs. Blues: August 1st (11:35 PM E.T., 8:35 PM P.T.)
- Chiefs vs. Crusaders: August 1st (3:05 AM E.T.,12:05 AM P.T.)
- Brumbies vs. Queensland Reds: August 1st (5:15 AM E.T., 2:15 AM P.T.)
How to Stream Rugby in the US Without a VPN
NBC Sports Gold
If you want access to live rugby streams as well as the ability to stream past games in full, the NBC Sports Gold Rugby Pass might interest you. This subscription costs $79.99 per season and auto-renews whenever a new season begins.
The service is a bit pricey, but you’ll be able to live stream games from the Premiership Rugby League, the Guinness Six Nations Cup, the Heineken Champions Cup and more.
ESPN+ is a solid choice for anyone wanting to stream international rugby live. It’s relatively cheap, just $4.99 a month or $49.99 for an annual subscription. You’ll be able to stream tons of rugby games live, plus other international sports like cricket.
If you’re a Disney+ or Hulu subscriber, you can get a bundle of all three services combined for $12.99 a month.
How to Stream Rugby in the US with a VPN
While the above options are great ways to watch rugby live, they might not be as efficient as a good VPN. Streaming options can be a bit pricey for such a niche viewing experience, which is why you might want to consider downloading a VPN. A VPN will allow you to get around the region-lock that many international sports channels feature, meaning you can stream your favorite games directly from the source.
VPNs can be free or cost a subscription fee, but it’s typically best to go with a trusted VPN that costs money over a free one you’re unsure of. Here are a couple suggestions for VPNs that may enable you to stream rugby live:
Best Deal: $3.49 Per Month for 36 Months (Reg. $11.95/month)
NordVPN boasts over 5,000 servers all across the world, making it a prime choice for streaming rugby. While this service does not offer free trials, NordVPN does offer a 30-day money-back guarantee that is essentially a free trial.
There are a few different plans you can sign up for, but the 3-year plan is easily the most cost efficient. It does lock you into a 3-year contract however, so you’ll want to be sure of your choice before you lose the ability to cancel.
Best Deal: $8.32 Per Month for 12 Months (Reg. $12.95/month)
ExpressVPN also comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, but it’s slightly pricier than NordVPN. There are multiple contract tiers, including a 15-month plan that includes three free months of service. ExpressVPN offers access to over 3,000 servers worldwide, so you won’t have any trouble streaming rugby live with this one.
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